Nuclear imaging of the breast: Translating achievements in instrumentation into clinical use

Carrie B. Hruska, Michael K. O'Connor

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Abstract

Approaches to imaging the breast with nuclear medicine andor molecular imaging methods have been under investigation since the late 1980s when a technique called scintimammography was first introduced. This review charts the progress of nuclear imaging of the breast over the last 20years, covering the development of newer techniques such as breast specific gamma imaging, molecular breast imaging, and positron emission mammography. Key issues critical to the adoption of these technologies in the clinical environment are discussed, including the current status of clinical studies, the efforts at reducing the radiation dose from procedures associated with these technologies, and the relevant radiopharmaceuticals that are available or under development. The necessary steps required to move these technologies from bench to bedside are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number050901
JournalMedical physics
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • dedicated breast PET
  • molecular breast imaging
  • positron emission mammography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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